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London Matters

London Matters

In this engaging on the sofa chat show, a group of young Londoners raise issues that concern them from rough sleeping, housing and the Green belt, to drill music, knife crime and Brexit. Not short of ideas and views they are joined by special guests for an intergenerational conservation with guts. Your thoughts and answers on their ‘big asks’ would be very much appreciated. We look forward to reading your comments below.

Related topics: Debates, Democracy-Brexit, Social Change

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Hleb Voukau said:

Thanks for the show! I was impressed by some of the thoughts and statements of the speakers, and I would like to comment on the following:

HOUSING CRISIS. I liked how one of the speakers stated that ‘British people are obsessed with the idea of having a house’. It reflects today’s common view on the property ownership, which went on the way comfortable for the government, but should’ve been worrying for citizens. I personally believe that ‘my house is my fortress’ and ownership of the place of living should be one of the core goals in our lives. It’s abnormal when a human being either doesn’t know where is he going to stay next week or doesn’t know whether he has enough money to pay for the rent. The speakers mention brilliant ideas on resolving such issues, but it seems to me like all these solutions are currently frozen for a reason. For instance, the ‘Green Belt’ is certainly used as a solid concept to avoid any actions within London related to housing. Also, gentrification appears to be an ideal key to solve the urban problems of neighbourhood and housing, but it’s been approached an opposite way for some reason and because of that, the communities and cultures in London aren’t as strong as they could’ve been. Without that, the infrastructure works against us. As I said, all effective actions are definitely frozen – this could be seen in the lack of reformations and overall dynamics of change.

DRILL MUSIC. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who agrees that this music genre might work two sides. It reflects and it causes, I’m afraid. After listening to the lyrics of an artist, who had to stab someone in a certain situation and who reflected that in his song, the listener might do this in the future in one form or another. For example, this person could be called up for a fight and he would decide that this might be the moment when he is better to listen to his music idol. Cinema, music and art inspire us and make us do something with our lives. Drill music is no exception. Banning drill music will not help, the only thing that could help is a planned and thorough decrease of violence on the streets, which then would make a difference in the mindsets of youth. One of the speakers mentioned that in the 60’s the ‘peace music’ was popular, but there was no peace on the streets. I disagree, there was certainly a reflection from these songs (not exactly as in the lyrics), for example, there was a subculture of hippies with their concept of ‘freedom, love and peace’. This is how people started taking freedom seriously, because of the messages within this music. Nowadays, the class gap and the fashion on violence bring us to a different finishing point. A good solution would’ve been development of youth clubs and organisation of boxing classes. The former can be good, if the owners connect to as many institutions as possible to their clubs, so that the young person can get some benefits to apply for a grant, scheme or to find some paid work. The latter is good, simply because it’s a decent sublimation of today’s wishes of youth for violence.

BREXIT. Democracy strikes back